Navigating the Landscape of Research and Development Challenges and Potential: A Case Study of the Chitwan Valley Family Study in Nepal- Dirgha Ghimire
5 November 2023/१९ कात्तिक २०८० (आइतबार, दिउँसो ३ बजे)
Research Seminar Series
Navigating the Landscape of Research and Development Challenges and Potential: A Case Study of the Chitwan Valley Family Study in Nepal
Dirgha Ghimire, Research Professor, University of Michigan and Executive Director, Institute for Social and Environmental Research Nepal
This presentation will offer insights into the challenges and prospects encountered within the realm of research and development in Nepal, with a particular focus on the Chitwan Valley Family Study (CVFS). The CVFS represents a robust 28-year panel study, examining communities, households, and individuals through a multifaceted data collection approach that incorporates cutting-edge methodologies such as computer-assisted personal interviewing (CAPI), mobile phone technology, and web-based tools.
CVFS investigates the impact of this rapidly changing context on family formation using a combination of ethnographic, archival, geo-spatial, and survey methods. Furthermore, the study comprehensively tracks domestic and international migration patterns and provides continuous insights into the transformation of local communities, offering a historical perspective spanning seven decades, bolstered by 28 years of monthly demographic event data.
This presentation will focus on CVFS design and its evolution, including tracking respondents over time and space and the use of innovative life history calendars for data collection using multi-level retrospective histories and measurements between panels.
About the Speaker
Dirgha Ghimire is a Research Professor at the University of Michigan and Executive Director of the Institute for Social and Environmental Research Nepal. Ghimire is a social demographer, his extensive body of work encompasses in-depth studies of the interplay between socio-political, economic and familial change, psychological and emotional stress, population mobility, and environmental dynamics in Nepal. Notably, he is the co-director of the Chitwan Valley Family Study and has designed and managed several other large-scale research projects.